Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families

Migration Letters

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Title Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families
Creator Cangia', Flavia

Zittoun, Tania
Subject socio-cultural psychology; cultural sociology
expat mobility; boundaries; family; cosmopolitanism; migration
Description Two dominant images of migrant professionals, also known as expats, have long been common, in thesocial sciences: on the one hand, they were described as super-mobile individuals, who easily move between places with no time frame in mind, with the openness to engage with diversity; on the other hand, more recent studies challenged the idea of expat cosmopolitanism, and investigated the boundaries constituted by these people in the course of their everyday life. The present paper brings to the fore the complexity of these individuals and their families experiences of international mobility from a combined socio-cultural psychological and sociological perspective. We draw on qualitative research conducted in Switzerland in order to reflect on the role of family in the way these people make sense of diversity across time and space, make and un-make symbolic boundaries between themselves and others, and understand their own and their familiars' transformation.
Publisher Transnational Press London
Contributor NCCR on-the-move, Swiss National Science Foundation
Date 2018-01-01
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Research paper
Format application/pdf
Source Migration Letters; Vol 15, No 1 (2018): SI: When Expatriation is a Matter of Family. Opportunities, Barriers and Intimacies in Expatriates Mobility; 17-31
Language eng

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